Re: The President on Leno
- From: CigarBaron <garbaron67j@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 03:45:15 -0700 (PDT)
On Apr 1, 5:49 pm, Tony <t...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I would think that if a doctor doesn't believe in long term food and
water for a non-responsive patient, and I don't want to be starved and
dehydrated to death should I become non-responsive, I'd want to know
that up front.
You do have a living will/advance health directive? That is legally
binding and despite what a physician believes, he/she/it must follow
that. And, as is sometimes the case, if a physician ethically does
not want to follow a directive, he/she/it must self-remove from the
case. As does happen.
I sit on my hospital's ethics committed (and have had for a number of
years.) We routine get consults from physicians on eithical issues
developing on actual cases in the hospital as they develop. The above
senario is not that unusal.
Tony, if you have specific questions I'd be glad to answer them.
I wonder what version of the Hippocratic oath that Dr. Kavorkian took.
:-) Great point. Of course, Kavorkian didn't believe he was doing
harm. He will be a mear yawn in medical history a hundred years from
now when euthanasia will be commonplace. Soylent Green anyone?